The office of Accessibility and Mental Health Services hosted it's second annual 'R U OK? Day’ on September 14, 2017. RUOK? Day is a national day of action and a reminder to regularly check in with family, friends, and coworkers. The idea behind this day is to encourage open and honest conversations and to prevent small problems from spiraling into big ones. 

This year, we encouraged everyone to reconnect with someone they’ve lost touch with and to make more time for the people who matter to them. Why? Because quality time with those we care about makes it easier to start a meaningful conversation.

Students, Staff, and Faculty were educated on resources (both on and off campus) and engaged in difficult role-play scenarios that brought perspective to the difficulties those who are struggling may face. This was a day to start conversations, to ask questions, and to create a culture of care at Rio. You have what it takes to make a difference. Just ask, “are you ok?” Listen, and don’t judge. Encourage action, and check in regularly.

In the time it takes to share a cup of coffee, you can have a conversation that could make a significant difference to the way a person is feeling.


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